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have done a tremendous amount of work here in the community. tell us about your background jean >> chef well, i have been working as a community activist for a long time. i first got into it after the 1991 fire in the oakland hills it was terrible. such a need for so many volunteers and so forth. so i took a position with city of oakland to assist in the rebuilding process. as a result of that i got introduced to the group of people that were working on an enterprise grant, $25 million with the clinton administration we were able to bring to the city of oakland to do economic revitalization. i went on there to do arbitration and retiring from the city. >> i remember you from the interfaith community to meet mayor we met for over a year. >> prior to his election i formed network santa fe action, group of pastors of all denominations we did good work getting him elected mayor of city of oakland. that is how i first met you and introduced me to so many hundreds and hundreds of other pastors throughout the city of oakland and bay area that lead to the work i am doing today as a result of th
aspects of the state of israel. joining us are rachel a professional mediator and abby associate director of jewish community relations council. this is a wonderful initiative cosponsored by the jewish federation of marin and sonoma counties, jewish relations council and northern california rabbis. i am president of the board of rabbis so i am excited to talk to rachel, erin and abby. >>> thank you very having us. >> what is the year of civil discourse and why focus on israel? >> we are really excited about this project eric. we are launchling this because of controversy that brewed within the jewish community. we at jcrc are often -- most of our work is looking at community relations outside of the jewish community but the way in which our community dialogues about israel and other controversial matters has signaled to us we also need to focus at building bridges within the jewish community. we are launching initiatives to elevate the level of discourse within the jewish community on controversial issues. we heard from community leader who have felt verbally and physically attacked becau
for st. francis in north beach. you brought it here and had it constructed do you want to tell us about the video you made. >> we made a video because so much of it was prove den shall. so much of it was going to happen no matter what we humans had to say about it i absolutely believe that. one part of the video i say you know it dawned on me in the middle of creating it, what a servant i was. it is so true. we were just total servants creating this amazingly sacred little space in the heart of our city. >> tell us briefly it is what? >> it is the little coo bella that st. francis himself rebuilt in 1206. >> in racy sei. >> i call st. francis francesco because he is my best friend he left town after he had a discussion, an argument with his father and the mayor of the town and he befriended his bishop. he goes down the held and starts building san domiano. he said go rebuild my church it is in ruins he rebuilt it and goes down further into the valley to santa maria, dangele and rebuilds the ben deck tin chapel of the portuncula. he creates his order, lives and dies inside it. it was his
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